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Neil Lennon Says He Has Proven He Has What It Take To Lead Celtic Long-Term

Neil Lennon Says He Has Proven He Has What It Take To Lead Celtic Long-Term

Despite the continued speculation around his future at Celtic, Neil Lennon is continuing to get on with the job at hand. Having already secured the league title, The Hoops will be on the hunt to complete the much coveted 'treble treble' in the Scottish Cup final against Hearts on May 25th.

It would be an incredible achievement for the club, one that Lennon has played a big part in. His short-term deal expires at the end of the season, and it is unclear if he will remain at Celtic beyond that point.

A number of big names, such as Rafael Benitez and Jose Mourinho, have been linked with the position, but Lennon says he has proven that he is more than capable of leading the club.

There's no evidence to suggest I can't take the job on.

I've been here since 2000 as a player, coach or manager and in that time, Celtic have won 14 league titles and I've played a part in 10 of them, so I think I know how to win titles here. That gets overlooked.

If we win the Scottish Cup, that'll be my seventh cup. Any time we lost the league that I've been involved in, it was on the last day of the season. Any time we've won the league, we've skooshed it.

Lennon went on to claim that he had not discussed his long-term future with the club, with any negotiations shelved until after the season.

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His sole focus at the moment is completing Celtic's trophy haul by grabbing a third domestic honour of the campaign.

I never said I wanted (the manager's job) long term. My contract here expires at the end of May and after the cup final I'll sit down with whoever, and that's always been the case.

Nothing has changed, despite all the speculation whether I'm getting the job, whether it's Rafa Benitez, Jose Mourinho, Slaven Bilic or whoever.

As far as I'm aware, the club aren't speaking to anybody until after the final. I'm in a strong position anyway.

I've got the big one out the way and now the cup is very, very important. Not for me, but for the players.

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